Bowflex Xtreme Review:
Whoah, spongebob_man! There's a lot of Bowflex's available! Yes, yes, there is. That is why I have reviewed so many. Essentially, they are all the same. The only major differences in them are minor feature improvements and in some cases the building material. Popular and quality products are what Bowflex is known for.
"I'm in better shape than when I started playing pro football 16 years ago." - Bill Romanowski, 37
Is that really the Bowflex at work? Or was Bill slacking all those years in football? Who knows. Either way, Bowflex does work just as lifting anything frequently would help.
Bowflex the industry juggernaut producing millions of machines a year. You have undoubtedly seen numerous infomercials about their machines, they've been running for years. In fact, you probably know several people that have a Bowflex machine. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of Bowflex's products but many people are so they are worth looking at if you're in the market.
Bowflex is probably the most widely used home gym system available on the market. You see ads for them all over, especially on late night TV, and their telemarketers keep your phone ringing. With a "convenient" monthly payment plan and that ever present voice in the back of your head telling you to exercise more…how can you deny the sales pitch?
What sets each model is usually the number of exercises that can be performed, determined by equipment additions, and the amount of maximum resistance available. Other than that they are basically the same with only minor differences in quality and comfort.
The Xtreme XTLU includes lat and squat attachments, a pair of features that normally is not included on the lower models. Leg attachment also graces the Xtreme, it is fairly good too. Bowflex's pulley system is adjustable, giving you many minor variations on several exercises. You can perform 65 exercises with the Xtreme XTLU. That's far from the 90+ offered on the Ultimate but for $1,199 can you complain? Maybe, maybe not. Like many Bowflex models you can choose to upgrade the resistance from the stock 210 lbs to up to 410 lbs. That's pretty decent. Most people will likely never lift amounts over 250 lbs.
Dimensions - Height: 6' 11" Length: 4' 8" Width: 4' 2"
- 65 exercises
- 210 pounds resistance, upgradable to up to 310 or 410 pounds
- Lat tower
- Squat station
- Leg extension/leg curl attachment
- Compact for small workout spaces
- Hand-grip and ankle cuffs
- Owner's manual
- Fitness guide
- No-Time-Limit Power Rod® warranty
- 7-year limited warranty on materials and workmanship
- 6-week fitness results guaranteed
Well, considering you get a free workout mat ($99 value) right now for ordering you have to go buy a Bowflex.
Seriously though, if you're shopping around for equipment Bowflex should be considered. However, don't get caught up in all the hype. There are other really good products available. The Weider Crossbow is one of them. Though I do not prefer the Bowflex Power Rod technology I do recommend their products. Anything that gets people to workout is a good thing. If you lift at least 3 times a week you will see results, this is true with any piece of equipment. Be kind to your wallet. Start out with simple exercises and low cost equipment and once you've established a routine and find yourself committed to a workout regimen then you can justify buying expensive equipment. All in all, the Bowflex is good - try it out.
So Far So Good…
I thought I'd add a review because these are expensive machines and there are many choices. I finally bought this system after several years of getting out of shape. I finally bought the Bowflex — after reading many positive reviews.
First: Shipping was very fast — it came in about 8 days. Putting it together was surprisingly easy. Lots of parts but very straightforward — took maybe an hour and a half — just me. It fits great in a basement — I got the space.
I started doing a few exercises and I thought it felt very similar to free weights — at least in terms of getting a real workout. You can push yourself all the way - no danger. Even my 4 year old likes it.
One thing I like, as opposed to weights — it is SILENT. No clanging or banging. You can do a wide variety of exercises and they give you a booklet that shows you the exercises and even a DVD with the guy doing it and explaining proper form. Also a poster for easy reference. There are several attachments for dead lifts, or barbell like curls.
I'm very excited to start getting back into shape and I'm sure my 2 sons will use it as they get older. I probably won't max out the 210 lb limit — I'm over 170 lbs. so my guess is the standard weight is fine for 90% of buyers.
Overall, it's a solid machine. It looks like something you'd see in a commercial gym. I have no doubt it can help you get toned or build muscle. Maybe those cheaper machines can do the same thing. I thought Amazon's price plus free shipping was worth the investment.
My guess is this particular model will do almost everything the latest Xtreme can do which is selling for a few hundred dollars more.
I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to build muscle but doesn't want to go to a gym or wants to lift without a spotter and risk injury. I think for "serious" "hardcore" buff guys that want to lift huge weights — this won't be a good choice. For everyone else — and I'm talking about 99% of the population - very good machine.
Worth Every Penny I didn't Pay:
I had tried various gym memberships in the past, but always found the cost and finding the time to go was more than my already hectic schedule and strained budget could allow. I am a law enforcement officer and fitness is a must for me; therefore, I had to find another option.
I began researching different home gym systems and believed the Bowflex Xtreme would be an excellent option to fill my families needs and mine. After deciding on the Xtreme I began shopping for the best price available and found it at Sears.
I purchased my Xtreme at a local Sears retail store for an excellent price; $699 with leg extension ($599 w/o leg extension) vs. the msrp of $1299. I believe this model is the previous version of the Xtreme and the stores are trying to move them to clear inventory for the next generation of Xtreme.
Once at home, I opened the box and was amazed at the amount of planning which went into the packaging and preparing of the machine. Everything was carefully packaged to protect the painted finishes and even the nuts, bolts, and washers were conveniently packaged and labeled neatly which aided in following the assembly direction.
The assembly process was painless and requires only a couple of common tools found in most households (adjustable wrench, phillips head screwdriver, and a knife) and two allen wrenches which come with the product. My 8 year old son and I put our Xtreme together in about two hours and found the assembly instructions to be easy to follow and complete. After completing the assembly it was easy to see the quality of the design and sturdiness of the machine.
My wife, son, and daughter tried a few exercises with light resistance and found it easy to perform them with good form. I enjoyed my first workout tonight after work and am really pleased with the flexability the Xtreme offers. The quality design allows for over 70 exercises covering all muscle groups, and includes exercises for rotator cuffs.
If you are looking for a quality home gym to fit your busy schedule, I would recommend visiting your local sports equipment retailer to try the Xtreme; chances are you'll be taking one home, too.
Bowflex Xtreme Review:
Bowflex Xtreme offers a wide range of exercises for complete body toning. You will be able to target many different muscle groups and pursue great results with reduced risk of injury and muscle tearing.
As you may know, Bowflex uses Power Rods instead of weight stack or weight plates. They may not feel as good as free weights but risk of joint pain is much lower when using Bowflex Power Rods. You should try exercising on any Bowflex machine before you decide for a purchase, in order to feel the motion and resistance that rods provide. Remember that you can upgrade Bowflex Xtreme XLU from 210lbs to 410lbs of weight resistance, which is enough even for serious users who want to build up some muscle mass.
Compare this model to some BodyCraft and BodySolid home gyms, to see where you stand. Bowflex may be a bit overpriced but if you like Power Rods then it could be your type of machine. You could go for a Motivator 2 which saves you a couple of hundreds but you'll only get a 2 year warranty.